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Police Officers Walk 10KM to Work

The Acting Town Clerk Nadunget Town Council, John Bosco Moru evicted the officers last week to pave way for the renovation of the structures to allow town council staff to move in.

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Several police officers walk a distance of 10 kilometers from Moroto Central Police Station to Nadunget Police Post in Moroto district each day for duty when they can not afford transport, URN has learnt. It costs Shillings 5000 from Moroto Central Police Station to Nadunget Police Post.

Trouble for the police officers started when they were evicted from houses belonging to Nadunget Town Council where they were staying temporarily. The Acting Town Clerk Nadunget Town Council, John Bosco Moru evicted the officers last week to pave way for the renovation of the structures to allow town council staff to move in.    

This left the police officers without an option but to move back to Moroto police barracks, which has affected their operations. Some of the officers have opted to rent houses in the trading centre. Those who have moved the barracks however have a challenge of paying Shillings 5, 000 daily for their transport to work. However, at times the officers have to walk to the station due to a lack of money.

“Sometimes we walk to wok if we don’t have transport,” said one of the affected police officers on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal from his superiors. Another officer said, “All of us have been evicted from the houses we were sleeping in. We are currently only running an office but all accommodation was withdrawn. Some of us have rented houses within while others have gone to the main police barracks.”

 

Our reporter has established that there are 18 officers attached to Nadunget Police Post. The in charge of the police post is on official leave and couldn’t be reached on his mobile for comment. The eviction of the police officers from the town council premises has angered the residents. 

Francis Imoka, a resident of Nadunget, says that the eviction of the officers will compromise security in the area since the police will be unable to respond to crime in time.  

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Peter Lokiru, an elder in the area also disagrees with the eviction of the police officers at a  time when the region is experiencing insecurity, saying that it would expose the community to criminals. 

  

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Andrew Pulkol, the Nadunget Town Council LC V councillor, says the town council to reverse the decision to allow other stakeholders to decide where to accommodate the officers in the meantime as they look for resources.  

He argues that the absence of accommodation may demoralize the officers because of the long distance they cover every morning and evening.

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The Karamoja Region Police Spokesperson, Michael Longole told URN if they fail to find accommodation for the officers the only option would be to withdraw them. According to local leaders, the police was given temporary accommodation at the height of insecurity and criminality in the area in 2017. 

John Bosco Moru, the Town Clerk of Nadunget Sub County, says that the premises in question were given to the police on a temporary arrangement.

 

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Moru also explains that the council has already allocated 0.5 square kilometers for the establishment of a police post at the Moroto-Kotido junction where police should set its structures..

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